I spent my first years in my birth place of Scotland before moving to the United States where I was raised. I was awarded a National Achievement scholarship and earned a Biology degree from Baylor University. I later attended the University of Hawaii on a federally sponsored fellowship where I researched renal function and received a Master of Science degree in Physiology. I taught undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology for three and a half years which advanced my existing interest in cardiovascular clinical research.
I returned to the UK on a federally sponsored fellowship to pursue a DPhil in Cardiovascular Medicine under the auspices of Professor Paul Leeson and Doctor Adam Lewandowski. I am passionate about cardiovascular health and appreciate the simplicity and also the complex integration and function of the cardiovascular system. My DPhil research focuses on the effects of premature birth on cardiac function and stress response. I am an investigator on the Young Adult Cardiovascular Health Trial (YACHT), Exercise and blood Pressure Study Oxfordshire (ExPresSO), and Trial of Exercise to Prevent HypeRtension in young Adults (TEPHRA) studies.